In a Twitter post late last week, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake spoke out against the medicalized gender transitions of children, stating that there is nothing "controversial" about holding such a position.
"There is absolutely nothing controversial about being against Doctors prescribing puberty blockers to Minors," Lake wrote on Twitter, continuing on to ask, "Why does this even have to be said?"
Lake’s post comes as more reports of children’s hospitals and clinics across the nation say that they perform such procedures and give treatment to minors that may be experiencing gender dysphoria.
Many of these procedures are permanent in nature, or have side effects that will be experienced for their entire lives, like in the cases of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
In a campaign speech given over the weekend, Lake said in regards to her challenger Katie Hobbs, "She’s also on her website encouraging and supporting, I don’t know what they call it, they have a fancy name for it, 'gender affirmation surgery for our children. This is crazy, it’s sick, it’s nonsense, it’s insanity."
"We’re not pushing this on our kids and then I figured out why. Because her husband is making money off of the sickness. Her husband is a child psychiatrist who specializes in transitioning our children, permanently damaging their bodies," she added.
A person from the audience yelled that the action is 'mutilation," to which Lake said, "that’s exactly what it is. Our beautiful, perfect children, they’re okay with them being mutilated when they’re 15 and 16 years old, and somebody’s got to stand up and fight this."
"This is a hill worth dying on. Am I the only one who’s willing to die on this hill?"
"Our beautiful children, perfect children, and at 16, when they start in school, their brains are so malleable. You know, their imagination is so great that some adult they trust can go in there and trick them into thinking that they can change their gender and continue along that line until they’re 15 and 16 and they’re having a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy."
"This is stuff that we have to fight and stand up and fight now or forever we will regret this moment. I’m ready to take on that fight."
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